Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: May 2012

Little Monkey Bizness

Little Monkey Bizness, A place for parents, A place for kids.
Little Monkey Bizness™ (by the creators of Monkey Bizness™) is a new concept for parents and “little” kids. Moms and Dads can indulge themselves in a full-service gourmet coffee bar complete with a variety of fresh, healthy food choices and then sit back and relax in the comfortable café style seating area overlooking a 3,000-sq-ft play area. Bring the “Little” ones in for a “Little” Monkey Bizness, have a “Little” gourmet coffee and enjoy a “Little” conversation…That’s Little Monkey Bizness!
You can receive a coupon for $1.50 off regular admission on all open play times and save 10% on parties at any Denver location.  Just click HERE to print out your coupon.  
Disclaimer:  I received a free voucher for one free day of fun from Little Monkey Bizness in exchange for this post.  Regardless, I only post information on my blog that I feel my readers will enjoy and benefit from.  

Disney Store Sneak Peak At Park Meadows

The Disney Store at Park Meadows will be celebrating their grand opening on June 9, 2012.  On Tuesday, Baby C and I were blessed to receive an invitation for an exclusive store preview.   As we entered the newly designed, magical and interactive Disney Store, we were greeted with a swag bag that included a Mickey Mouse doll almost the size of Baby C.

We took a grand tour of the store with the Disney Store executive.  Our first stop was the Disney Princess Castle with the Magic Mirror.  Once a child enters the castle, he/she encounters the magic mirror and with the wave of a wand, the princess appears in the mirror, allowing the child to become part of the story.

Throughout the store, there are Magical Trees that help create the mood and play a role in the storytelling.  The Magical Trees will change with the four seasons, play a part in one of the many celebrations with fireworks, or simply display the franchise focus.  
Our favorite part of the store was the Disney Store Theatre.  It’s like a giant video library containing Disney film trailers, film clips, music videos, classic animation and so much more.  As guests, we were able to choose from over 50 clips which we viewed on a 12-foot long, curved screen.  There is new content that is continually added.  The Disney Theatre also acts as a community center where family activities and events, such as Disney Character drawing workshops, storytelling experiences, and trivia events take place.  
There are currently over 200 Disney Store locations in North America that offers a magical shopping experience that can only be delivered by Disney.  A unique opening ceremony takes place every single day at every new Disney Store.  One lucky child is chosen to take part in the opening ceremony and officially “Unlock Imagination” with an oversized lock and key.  The child also receives their very on replica key to take home as a keepsake to remind them of their special day.  Each store contains a Pixie Dust Trail that indicates there is something magical about to happen along your path, as well as, a Custom Skyline that perimeters the store.  The skyline includes landmarks from around the world and changes colors along with the Magical Trees.
Does all this magic have you excited?  Come check it out for yourself!
Grand Opening: Saturday June 9, 2012
  • 10am – Disney Store Grand Opening Ceremony and two local Make-A-Wish children “Unlock Imagination.”  Free gift to the first 500 guests.
  • 12pm – 4pm Meet and Greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the mall’s Vistas Court.
Disney Store Meadows Center Drive, Space 1425
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Disney Store’s new design concept aims to deliver “the best 30 minutes of a child’s day” through storytelling neighborhoods featuring a Disney Princess with magic mirror, translucent trees, and the Disney Store Theatre featuring the latest Disney entertainment.  With each new store opening in 2012, Disney Store will donate 10 percent of grand opening day’s sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the United States.

Our Week In Review {Insta-Friday}

On Sunday, we took Baby C to a kid’s event down town.  It was much further away then I thought it was.  And though the flyer advertised ages newborn to 8, there wasn’t much for Baby C to do.  In fact, the only thing she was able to do, was the Petting Zoo.  Check out the smile on her face.

Baby C hasn’t felt very good all week.  I tried to keep her home as much as we could possibly stand.  We opened the windows, let in the fresh air, and played with everything in sight.  Baby C loves to play on her toddler computer.  I don’t know if she takes after her daddy, the System’s Admin, or her mommy, who enjoys blogging.

With all this staying inside, getting healthy business, we are so excited for Grandma to come next weekend so we can have fun in the mountains!

Since we didn’t do much playing outside, Baby C created a playground inside.  Yes, she taught herself to climb onto the coffee table by using a bucket for a stool.  As if she wasn’t busy enough, I now have to worry about her great climbing abilities.  She definitely takes after her daddy in this department.
We finished up our last week of waddler “gymnastics” yesterday.  She learned how to walk the balancing boards and loved it.  That was the longest I have seen her spend on one activity.
I’m linking up with Life Rearranged for Insta-Friday!

Welcome To Motherhood

Sometimes it’s tough being miles and miles away from my best friends.  One of them was on my heart and mind all of yesterday.  My dear friend gave birth to her first baby boy.

I wish I was there

to help welcome him into the world.
to bring a warm meal when she’s too tired to cook.
to do the laundry when clothes are piling up.
to watch her precious baby while she naps after being up all night.
to listen when she has questions.
to remind her to simply smile and nod when she receives unwanted advice (especially from those without children).
to give her a hug and let her know she’s doing a great job.
and to cry and laugh or do both with her as body returns to “normal.”

I can’t wait to meet you, sweet baby boy.  God has choosen the best for you.  Welcome to the ‘hood my friend.  The Motherhood!

Dear Lord,

Bless my friend with enough strength to balance family, spouse, new baby boy, and all other duties as she heals from her pregnancy.  Give her rest, support, patience and love as she recovers fully.  Comfort her in every mood and energize her tired body.  Thank you for the gift of this baby boy and bringing him safely into this world.  Guide him to grow healthy, loving and strong.

In Your Precious Name,

Nap Time Transitions

When you are a mommy, doesn’t it always seem like there is a new concern about your child?  Everything from something as serious as an illness to as silly as (but still serious) pooping.  My latest worrisome for Baby C is wondering if she is getting enough nap time in.  Recently, Baby C transitioned from a morning and afternoon nap, to one.

I knew this transition would be tricky.  Baby C is usually on a good schedule, so when I switched it up a bit, she was exhausted by the time I lay her down.  The problem is, she can’t seem to sleep a good 2 hours each time.

With only an hour nap, she is really tired again by late afternoon.  She gets a little loopy and clumsy.  And more and more accidents happen, which leaves her in tears.  Sometimes, I end up putting her to bed early.  

So what’s a mommy to do?  What is your advice, tips or tricks you have used when making your nap time transition?    

Guest Post {expandng}

I am so honored to be a guest at expandng.com today!  Lisa is one of my favorite bloggers for so many reasons.  She definitely knows how to make her readers feel special and she has a cute, toddler very close in age to Baby C.  Lisa is also a great photographer who shares her fantastic tips with her readers.  So head on over to read my guest post

Mother’s Day {Wordless Wednesday}

Okay, so this isn’t wordless today.  But I just had to share that I received some pretty amazing books on Sunday.  Baby C carried them to me in a bag that probably weighs more than she does.  And when I hit the grocery store, I treated myself to a cupcake splurge.  Yum!
What made your Mother’s Day special? 

Unexpected Blessings of Motherhood {Review and Giveaway}

I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love my daughter.  I didn’t even know this kind of love existed before she was born.  And the heartache I feel any time she is in pain can sometimes be overbearing.  I knew motherhood wouldn’t be a cake walk, but I never expected it to be filled with so many challenges and yet, so many great blessings!

To watch my baby girl suffer from Bacterial Meningitis as newborn, and see how God has completely  healed her, brings me to tears every time I think, speak or write about it.  His awesome power is beyond my understanding.  And there is nothing I can do to repay Him.

With my new role as a mom, God has opened my eyes and heart to other mommies.  It’s like this “sisterhood” that I was meant to be apart of, but just didn’t understand it, until I was in it.  The Lord has brought so many special mommies into my life, both online and in real life, to grow with, learn from and support one another.

Since Baby C was born (less than 2 years ago), we have moved 4 times.  Each move brings new mommies and friends in and out of my life, each of them blessings.  In just a couple months, we will finally settle into our new home.  A home that will be filled with many memories and blessings.

In our new home, I am looking forward to hanging this beautiful piece of art above my fireplace.  It will be the center of our lives as we gather to play, laugh, love eat, and enjoy each other’s company.  It will be a reminder, that all blessings come from above.  The blessings of family, friends, memories and motherhood.   And when there are challenges and trials, it will be a reminder that the Lord will bless our home.

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Disclosure: I received a free product from DaySpring to review and was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own and have not been swayed by outside sources.  

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Thank You Mom

Mom helping me on my wedding day.
Thank you Mom
for loving me.
for your sacrifices.
for your commitment.
for your gentle heart.
for your patience.
for your support.
Thank you Mom
for reading Uncle Wiggly endlessly.
for the special birthday parties and sleepovers.
for my education.
for staying up late until I came home.
for your Sunday afternoon college visits.
for comforting me in times of anxiety.
for sharing in my wedding day.
for holding my hand while giving birth.
Thank you Mom
for never letting go.
for your weekly phone calls and emails.
for your love of my family.
for teaching me to love unconditionally.
Holding Baby C just after she was born.
A mother’s labor and delivery never ends and for years she has to remember to just take a deep breath. Whole battles can be won by one breath and a prayer at a time. ~Ann Voskamp

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